The Biden administration is urging more young adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19 through social media and with the help of popular celebrities amid concerns about the risks the virus poses to young people.
Olivia Rodrigo is an 18-year-old singer and actress, whose debut album, Sour, is now at No. 1 on the charts. He has 28 million followers across his social media platforms. He came to the White House Wednesday to promote vaccination for young people via video with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser.
Rodrigo came to the White House as coronavirus cases surged again due to the emergence of the delta variant, especially among unvaccinated people. The delta variant is much more contagious than the early variants of the coronavirus and is becoming dominant in America. In July, more than 51% of new cases of COVID-19 were recorded. Delta was also declared the globally dominant variant on Friday.
According to a University of California San Francisco study released Wednesday, 25% of people ages 18 to 25 are reluctant to be vaccinated, even though data suggests that age group is the most likely to pass the virus on to others.
In an effort to reach more young people, Biden and Fauci also appear in videos with rising stars on YouTube, answering questions about the virus and vaccines.
Other White House initiatives include partnering with Tinder, a popular dating app, which directs users to nearby vaccination sites and helps them connect with other users who are vaccinated.
Biden has also announced that he plans to send more vaccines to family doctors to make vaccines available to young adults who are screened before face-to-face classes and sporting events start in September.
Although young adults are less likely to develop severe symptoms of the coronavirus, they are still at risk of becoming seriously ill or transmitting the virus to unvaccinated people, who are more susceptible to its effects, such as older adults.
Young adults are reluctant to get vaccinated for fear of side effects or the safety of the vaccine. Others feel they don’t need to be protected from the corona virus because they are less likely to be hospitalized. Others are waiting and seeing the impact of the vaccine on other people before willing to be vaccinated. [ka/pp]